THE death of terrorist leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Jose Maria Sison should send a signal to the terrorist groups to surrender peacefully and stop terrorizing people from the countryside.

The 83-year-old Sison died on Saturday after a two-week confinement at a hospital in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he had lived and hide from the charges lodge against him.

“Enough for so much blood spilled, lives lost, the awful grief sown by violent terrorist groups such as the CPP-NPA-NDF,” National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ElCAC) Secretariat Executive Director Emmanuel Salamat said, referring to the CPP and its affiliate groups New People’s Army and National Democratic Front.

“Let us discourage our deceived brothers and sisters from clinging to their hopes on a false ideology that political change and national well-being can only be achieved by way of the barrel of a gun,” Salamat said.

He appealed in Filipino to Sison’s followers to return to the fold of the law and live peacefully.

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